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26 April 2010, 03:43 pm

Sol, the only way I know to get Jan's stuff I know of is at her website which I belieeve her son Scott runs....Harmonpublishing.com. Glad to know you're still singing.

sol weber
New York
20 April 2010, 12:05 pm

Hi Since you're a fan of the late lamented Jan Harmon, might you know how folks can get hold of her rounds and songs? Lately it's gotten impossible. I do have a bunch of her rounds in my Rounds Galore book, but there's lots more that people would enjoy. (I love the Quasimodal recording of The Eagle, and I remember when, at Pinewoods Camp, you led us all in Trees.) Thanks.
Sol "Roundman" Weber

10 April 2010, 01:08 am

When my brother died not long ago I wound up with most of his personal effects since I am the only one left in our family.On his laptop, I found copies of numerous songs by Gordon Bok as well as recordings he made of himself singing some of those songs which he and my nephew had made as a present for my mom when she was recovering from surgery. I hadn't heard this music in years but it brought back good memories of my family and my childhood in New England. I also ended up with Ralph's guitar which I hope to pass on to someone else one day. Thanks for the music.

Glenn Dwyer
06 April 2010, 06:20 am

I've meant to write you ever since 1973 when I first heard Tom Meyers play Fundy. I've dabbled in Folk Music, and wondered if you know the background to an Irish song titled "The Jenny C."?
Thanks so much for your presence and presents of the muse.

20 March 2010, 12:24 pm

I've not heard your name before today but now will not forget it. I was driving along minding my own business when your "Windcalling" ballad was played on WXPN (in Philadelphia). I literally had to pull over to finish listening and to hear who made this magnificent music. Your music, for reason I cannot seem to articulate, brought tears to me. Thank you.

19 March 2010, 08:17 pm

My shipmate of many years ago, who knew your music well, wouldn't believe me when I said you'd written a song that contained the line, "I've got the hydrogen peroxide blues."
It was from "Old Fat Boat," of course.

Yes,Valentine, and I finally wrote one that used both "sump"and "Hammerblossom" too.Got to have some fun in this business... Good to see you at the concert the other night.

Lily Hermione Hempt
19 March 2010, 01:00 pm

Dear Gordon,
I was introduced to your music by my mother when I was very young, and it had been my favorite in all the world ever since, hardly a day do I go without it. Your songs have accompanied, and sometimes carried me, through the best and worst times of my life, and I cannot express how profoundly grateful I am to have them. I hope very much that I may someday have the honor of hearing the music in person...until then,

Thank you for the light and love you share with us, from the bottom of my heart.


James Stevens
10 March 2010, 11:18 pm

Is this your short poem? From a curious sailor.

I got an Old Fat Boat
She's Slow But Handsome
Hard In The Chine, but Soft In The Transom
I Love Her Well, And She Must Love Me
But I think It's Only For My Money

A: Yes; it's the chorus to my song:
Old Fat Boat...more information @ Kathy@timberheadmusic.

Marilyn Cooper
07 March 2010, 07:08 am

Thank you for your new CD Other Eyes. I love all the songs, but especially Captive Water. We can never hear stories like that too often. And Brandy Tree has long been one of my favorites.

Don Bresett
05 March 2010, 09:02 pm

I am so looking forward to your concert tomorrow at Bok Tower (3/6/2010). My older brother Dave in Virginia intoduced me to your work a few years ago and I have been captivated by your work ever since. As a singer myself I appreciate the richness of your voice and applaud your many musical talents. Keep up the great work and never stop singing and composing.

Betsy Hiteshew
25 February 2010, 03:03 pm

I recently heard Cindy Kallet in a house concert here in Santa Monica, and it reminded me of all the old Bok, Muir, Trickett tapes I've so enjoyed over the years. I received your postcard about your upcoming concerts. Wish you were going to be in Southern California. I will be in Maine during the summer months. Hope to hear you then. I especially enjoyed listening to
Turning Toward the Morning, Minnesota Concert, and Fashioned in the Clay. John O'Dreams is one of my favorites. Thanks for many years of enjoyment.

25 January 2010, 12:06 pm

Roy, I just got it back from the luthier who was making some minor adjustmants on it, and I have put its third set of strings on it. (so I can pitch the high string to C# where it seems to want to live--not my customary C natural for a guitar that size) So I have only really played it with this set of strings for about a day, and don't really know much about it. My guess is, though, that when my hands find their way into the playing of it, my brain won't be much wiser than it is now. I think I'll be playing it more like a classicaal guitar than a twelve. I'll see if I can find those other photos.

25 January 2010, 11:49 am

Thanks, Scott. Our chorus just resurrected Hearth & Fire (choral arrangement)for Anne Dodson's Winter concert last December. 'Twas fun singing it again.

Scott Harmon
23 January 2010, 01:10 pm

Hello Gordon,

Your song "Hearth and Fire" has been with me since I heard it on Denver station KVOD (John Wolf's 'Down the Earth' program) in the '80's. About five years ago I was on an offshore passage, as well as an emotional and spiritual journey, and came up with another verse:

Seas and winds be kind tonight
for sailors far from land

Free from harm and passage fair
until our journey's end.

Submitted in humble gratitude, Scott

R. Nickerson
22 January 2010, 07:38 pm

Gordon, please tell us guitar players and other interested parties all about your Birthday 12-string, and maybe post some more pictures of it.

21 January 2010, 05:11 pm

Indeed I remember you, Ken, and can still sing the chorus of that lovely piece Drummakill..."Give me your hand, for I'll not let it pass..." and yesterday got as far as " wild geese fly in o'er Drummakill and settle on Endrick water" Would you mind sending me the rest of the words? I've got the tune. Glad to hear you're doing well--still playing the pipes, I hope.
Thanks for checking in.

Georganne Ferrier
19 January 2010, 08:34 pm

My wonderful guitar teacher Barry Olivier introduced me to your song Turning Toward the Morning. I really love the melody and both the melancholy and hopefulness of the words, but I felt it ended too soon. One day while driving to work and singing it, another verse popped into my head. I had to sing it over and over until I could park and write it down.

I hope you feel honored to have inspired it:

Turning Toward the Morning
(by Gordon Bok)
Additional verse by Georganne Ferrier©December 5, 2007

When the winter moon is falling,
And the icy stars shine bright,
And you feel your heart is sinking
In the darkness of the night,
And the sun’s a long way coming,
There’s no promise of the day,
But your eye is always searching
For the morning.

Thanks for the songs,
Georganne Ferrier

Ken Campbell
UK - Scotland
18 January 2010, 11:37 am

Gordon hi, You may recall we met way back at Keith Festival in Scotland and then corresponded and you graceously praised my music and one of the songs I wrote way back. I am still singing Tune for November and others from your repertoire and now back on the road full time with a new line up. You can find me on www.kencampbellscotland.co.uk Your singing and broad repertoir remain a major influence for me. Also of course how a 12 string can be used most effectively to the point where I am now also using a 12 string Spanish Lute way up the top end as well. Hope you are well and thriving. Good luck to you and thanks. Ken Campbell Scotland

04 January 2010, 10:44 pm

Ah, Jay, the real gifts are the love of it and the people who have given it to us and those who are listening for it. How can we go wrong if we just keep doing it?
Thank you.

Jay van Santen
04 January 2010, 08:39 pm

I had the wonderful opportunity to hear you at the Old Town School of Folk Music back in the mid 70s.

Thank you for bearing so gracefully and energetically the gifts you've been given.


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